Thursday, September 02, 2010

McCarthy out for Saturday's scrimmage

Senior defensive end and team captain Tom McCarthy will not be suiting up for Saturday's scrimmage against Union (noon, Yale Bowl) after straining his left Achilles tendon.

The news is not all bad for McCarthy. He was a bit concerned about the severity of the injury he suffered during the 7-on-7 drills at last week's intrasquad scrimmage especially since it was a non-contact injury. But he had an ultrasound conducted on Tuesday which showed it was just a strain.

"It was a huge sigh of relief," McCarthy said. "They said 2-4 weeks but it happened a week ago so I should be back real soon. I am rehabbing already and it is feeling better already. I’ll be ready for (the Sept. 18 season opener against) Georgetown."

Allen Davis started in McCarthy's absence in the 11 on 11 portion of the intrasquad scrimmage and is expected to get the call against Union on Saturday.

There have not been any major changes among the starting unit in the first two weeks of camp. The most intriguing battle for a starting spot may be at left guard when junior Mike McInerney is being pushed by classmate Colin Kruger.

The scrimmage will be a minimum of three quarters with the top units of both teams battling it out in the first and second quarters. In the third quarter, it will be more of a showcase for younger players trying to move up the depth chart.

Offensive linemen Justin Hymes and Alex Golubiewski, who missed the intrasquad scrimmage, are expected to be back although defensive lineman Charles Holmes (a standout during spring drills) is dealing with a torn meniscus and will not play. However, he is not expected to need surgery which gives the former Choate star a chance to play this season.

It will be a chance for Yale fans to see the freshmen for the first time against somebody other than an intrasquad scrimmage. Receivers Deon Randall and Brandis Yarrington, tight end/h-back Beau Palin, offensive lineman Wes Gavin and defensive backs Nick Okama, Max Napolitano and Chris Brady are among the freshman pushing for playing time.

The scrimmage is open to the public.

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